How to Prevent Bunnies From Eating Flowers


Your flower cutting garden is brimming with buds getting ready to burst into flower one minute, and the next day it looks like it has been decimated, not a bloom it sight. Bunnies have had a banquet feasting on your flowers. Other than a sturdy fence there isn't a fail safe way to keep bunnies from eating flowers.

Step 1

Dig a trench around the flower bed 1 foot deep and 4 inches wide.

Step 2

Lay out the wire grid fencing on the ground and place the wooden stakes under the fencing, spacing them 3 feet apart. The top of the fencing should be 4 inches above the top of the wooden stakes, and the bottom should be 4 inches above the bottom ends of the stakes.

Step 3

Staple the grid wire fencing to the wooden stakes every 6 inches down the stake. Staple each stake in at least four places.

Step 4

Place the wire grid fencing and the attached stakes in the trench. It helps to have a friend hold one end of the fence so it remains upright.

Step 5

Hammer the stakes into the ground 4 inches so the bottom edge of the wire fencing is at the bottom of the trench.

Step 6

Fill in the trench with soil so the fence is upright.

Step 7

Water the trench so the ground settles and stabilizes the stakes.

Step 8

Bend the edge of the wire grid that extends above the stakes toward the outside or away from the flower bed. This discourages the rabbits from trying to climb up the wire grid because the bent fence is in their way.

Tips and Warnings

  • Electric staple guns can be dangerous. Wear safety goggles.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • 1/2-inch grid wire mesh fencing 3 feet tall
  • Wooden stakes, 3 feet tall, pointed at the end
  • Staple gun (industrial strength)
  • Hammer


  • "The Country Garden"; Charlie Ryrie; 2003
  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden"; Courtier et al.; 2003

Who Can Help

  • Weekend Gardener
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About this Author

Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for